'Hope Springs' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
74%
Rotten Tomatoes:   156 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    The movie provides a master lesson in great American character acting, but viewers are also invited to just kick back and enjoy the fun of watching famous, aging movie stars pretend to have difficulties in the sack.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    An awkward cross between a domestic comedy and a marital tragedy that's laced with laughs, soggy with tears and burdened by a booming, blunt soundtrack that amplifies every narrative beat
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    As the couple try to rekindle the bedroom flame the note of cutesy comedy kicks in and the movie gets phonier and phonier.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    It's about as uncomfortable as sitting through an interminable counseling session - involving two people you hardly know and don't much care about.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    "Hope Springs" is a minor miracle of a movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Feeney Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    "Hope Springs" panders with the clumsiness of grown-ups trying to do "Step Up" dance moves.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Simon Abrams Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Jones and Streep give likable enough performances as a humane monster and a human victim. But their characters never become more than that.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    A genuinely sweet, perfectly acted, remarkably brave little movie that should make audiences swoon for something they thought was gone - a smart dramedy for grown-ups.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    A surprise that sneaks up and moves you, "Hope Springs" has the courage of its awkwardness, and this is said admiringly in the spirit of the film, which is irony-free and unfashionably earnest.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    It's all a little depressing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    Though falling short of what might have been, Hope Springs must still be recommended as superior entertainment for card-carrying grown-ups.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    All that's missing are commercials for estrogen cream and erectile-dysfunction meds.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The film, a rehab job on a beached marriage, displays the most tender respect, the most exquisite tact, and yet it would be completely unwatchable -- an outright embarrassment -- with any other actors than Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The reason to see it is for Jones.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    It's gratifying to see a movie that doesn't have anything to do with superheroics or the end of the world, merely ordinary heroics of the human heart.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    These modest virtues are buried under such hard-sell devices as a manipulative muzak score and sitcom-style close-ups that disrupt the narrative momentum.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    As the wife whose feelings are right on the surface and the husband whose are in a lockbox, Streep and Jones earned my empathy without asking for it. There are few actors whose body English is as eloquent.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Sometimes a serviceable story is elevated by a masterstroke of casting. In "Hope Springs," it's two masterstrokes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    It keeps undercutting itself by going for cheap laughs. It wants to be an adult film, but it obviously feels adults need constant, broad tickling to hold their attention.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Thanks to tremendous performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep, "Hope Springs" is a charming film.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    88
    For mature audiences who have forgotten how to smile, it takes up where The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel left off.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    An altogether pleasant surprise: a mainstream dramedy that frankly and intelligently addresses the challenges facing a couple after 31 years of marriage.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    "Hope Springs'' could have been unbearably schmaltzy or crude. Instead, in the hands of these expert actors and filmmakers, it's a warm and wryly affecting mid-summer treat.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    Somewhere along the line, what probably started out as a character study ended up as a wobbly drama that pushes some boundaries but eventually lets everyone off the emotional hook in favor of a smoothed-over happy ending.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    Much like the marriage with which it's concerned, the more Hope Springs tries to spice things up, the harder it becomes to enjoy. The moments when either works, though, really ought to count for something.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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